International human rights activist to speak at UT Oct. 3

September 29, 2016 | Events, News, UToday
By Rebecca Schwan

A Norwegian anesthesiologist, trauma expert, humanitarian and human rights activist will share his experiences working to save lives during the Israeli attacks on Gaza at a lecture at The University of Toledo.

Dr. Mads Gilbert will speak Monday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium on Main Campus.

Gilbert flyerA reception will be held after the lecture, and Gilbert will sign copies of his latest book, Night in Gaza, which will be available for purchase.

Gilbert heads the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of North Norway and is a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø.

For more than 40 years, Gilbert has supported solidarity work with the Palestinian people, serving during several intense, violent periods in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon. He is renowned for his work, including his books Eyes in Gaza and Night in Gaza, which document the horrors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, an attack that killed about 1,400 Gazans, and Operation Protective Edge, which killed more than 2,000 civilians.

Gilbert’s visit is organized by UT Students for Justice in Palestine, an advocacy group whose mission is to raise awareness of issues facing the people of Palestine and pursue social justice as global citizens.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to have Dr. Gilbert visit the UT campus,” said Shahrazad Hamdah, a UT higher education graduate student and steering committee member of the student organization. “We invite anyone interested in health care or humanitarian efforts to hear this respected physician and human rights activist speak about his experiences.”

The lecture is sponsored by Tiffin Area Pax Christi, Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition, Project Peace, Northwest Ohio Free Speech Alliance, United Muslim Americans of Toledo and Al-Madinah Community Center.

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